September 10th, 2008
|jimbojones||06:47 pm - the frenzy about misogyny feeds my misanthropy|
I randomly followed a link chain half an hour or so ago and ended up at John Scalzi's blog, on a post about something called "The Open Source Boobs Project" that happened at a science fiction con earlier this year.
In a nutshell, a bunch of sci-fi fans were standing around in a hallway and decided it would be a great idea if everybody touched everybody else's boobs. Having done so, they decided it was such a great idea that they made a meme of it, and told other people about it, and buttons sprouted that women would wear - green and labeled "Yes, You May" (... ask me if you may touch my boobs, even if you don't know me) or red and labeled "No, You May Not" (... ask me, I ain't down with it). The default condition was assumed to be "No" in the absence of any button at all.
A fucking UNBELIEVABLE amount of garbage about "male privilege" and blah, blah, fucking blah, I'm so oppressed - and males chiming in blah, blah blah, don't you know they're so oppressed? You're awful and blah, blah, blah, blah... popped up all over the internet, like zits on a teenager, as a result of one guy's recounting of this tale.
Jesus, fucking, christ. There needs to be a gender-neutral word for "cockpunch", because all that frenzied hysterical whining makes me want to do that to the entire lot of them. If you can be "threatened" by a bunch of fucking SCI-FI CONVENTION NERDS, you're too goddamn timid to survive; just crawl back in your cave already.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. This girl in this completely unrelated story in the thread full of outrage got OH MY GOD HIT ON ON THE BUS ON THE WAY TO WORK THIS ONE TIME, AND THE GUY WAS CREEPY, AND STUFF. AND THEN SHE CARPOOLED. OK, sure, that guy was fail - but what the fuck does that have to do with a bunch of nerds at a con? Or, you know, THE REST OF THE HUMAN RACE other than that guy on the bus? Another woman, I kid you not, told a gay guy - one who'd already made a point of SAYING he was gay - that he had no idea what it was like to get hit on by men. Even if he didn't want to be. Am I the only one blinking in confusion here?
All I'm saying is, if you're the girl that got hit on by a creepy guy on a bus and you tell that story as an example of how terrible guys are, you're no different from the guy that got glared at by black dudes once and tells it as an example of what animals black people are. I am not feeling you, I will not be giving you any high fives, I do not wish to subscribe to your fucking newsletter.